August 1985 calendar

August 1985

Learn the most interesting events and historical facts that happened in August 1985.
The US president was Ronald Reagan (Republican), the UK Prime Minister was Margaret Thatcher (Conservative), Pope St John Paul II was leading the Catholic Church.

But much more happened on August 1985: find out below


Historical Events

Which were the important events of August 1985?


  • 01 Aug 1985 15.4 cm rainfall at Cheyenne, Wyoming (state record)
  • 02 Aug 1985 Delta Lockheed L-1011 crashes at Dallas-Ft Worth Airport, 137 die
  • 03 Aug 1985 Train crash at Flaujac, France: 35 killed
  • 04 Aug 1985 Dreamgirls closes at Imperial Theater NYC after 1522 performances
  • 05 Aug 1985 Establishment of a Rock & Roll Hall of Fame is announced
  • 06 Aug 1985 19th space shuttle mission (51-F), Challenger 8, lands at Edwards AFB
  • 07 Aug 1985 Barbra Streisand records Broadway Album
  • 10 Aug 1985 Uno Lindstron of Sweden juggles a soccer ball 13.11 miles.
  • 11 Aug 1985 Tap Dance Kid closes at Broadhurst Theater NYC after 669 performances
  • 12 Aug 1985 7th Emmy Sports Award presentation
  • 15 Aug 1985 Anti-apartheid lawyer Bulelani Ngcuka marries in South Africa
  • 16 Aug 1985 Madonna weds Sean Penn on her 27th birthday
  • 17 Aug 1985 1,400 meatpackers walk off the job at a Geo A Hormel and Co plant
  • 18 Aug 1985 Muffin Spencer-Devlin wins MasterCard International Pro-Am Golf Tourn
  • 20 Aug 1985 Libya throws out 1000s Tunisian / Egyptian gas workers
  • 21 Aug 1985 New York Lotto pays $41 million to three winner (#s are 14-17-22-23-30-47)
  • 22 Aug 1985 30th Walker Cup: US wins 13-11
  • 23 Aug 1985 South African attorney / UDF leader Dulah Omar arrested
  • 24 Aug 1985 STS 51-I mission scrubbed at T -5m because of bad weather
  • 25 Aug 1985 Met Dwight Goodin becomes youngest pitcher to win 20 games (20y 9m 9d)
  • 26 Aug 1985 French government claims no knowledge of assault on Rainbow Warrior
  • 27 Aug 1985 20th Space Shuttle Mission (51-I) - Discovery 6 - launched.
  • 29 Aug 1985 Atlantis moves to launch pad for 51-J mission
  • 31 Aug 1985 Prakas sets trotting mile record of 1:53.4 at Du Quoin, Illinois
  • 12 Aug 1985 Japan Airlines Flight 123 crashes into Osutaka ridge in Gunma Prefecture, Japan, killing 520, to become the worst single-plane air disaster.
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Music charts

Which were the top hits in August 1985?
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Top #5 songs in the USA

  1. - Shout
  2. - Power Of Love
  3. - Everytime You Go Awayyoutube
  4. - St. Elmo's Fire (Man In Motion)
  5. - If You Love Somebody Set Them Free

Top #5 songs in the UK

  1. - Frankie
  2. - Into The Groove
  3. - Axel F
  4. - I Got You Babe
  5. - There Must Be An Angel (Playing With My Heart)


Which were the most popular Movies released in that month?


Which were the most popular books released in August 1985?

Lucky by Jackie Collins



Jackie Collins' #1 Bestseller -- and her most memorable heroine! Jackie Collins, the bestselling star has created the amazing story of Lucky Santangelo from Chances to Dangerous Kiss.

If Tomorrow Comes by Sidney Sheldon

If Tomorrow Comes


Tracy Whitney, a lovely and idealistic woman is sentenced to a 15-year term in an escape-proof penitentiary. She fights back with brilliant ingenuity to defeat the untouchable crime lords that put her there.

A Passion For Excellence by Tom Peters and Nancy Austin

A Passion For Excellence


For people who are looking to make a difference in their careers, A Passion for Excellence is the most important, inspiring and career-transforming book that has ever been published.

Lonesome Dove by Larry McMurtry

Lonesome Dove


Larry McMurtry's Pulitzer Prize-winning classic Lonesome Dove is a love story, adventure, and epic of the frontier. It is the third book in the Lonesome Dove Tetralogy.

Hold The Dream by Barbara Taylor Bradford

Hold The Dream


Hold the Dream, the continuation of Barbara Taylor Bradford’s bestseller A Woman of Substance, continues the story of Emma Harte. It is a dramatic tale of triumph and heartbreak.